"i myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."
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I want you to love yourself.

For all the right reasons. For all the wrong reasons. For the reasons why you sneak downstairs at one in the morning & grab an ice cream in the darkness. For the reason that you point out all the cracks in your system under the bedsheets.

I want you to love yourself because you are a lone soul. You have no soulmate. You can love anyone. But you have to love yourself.

You need to love how vulnerable you feel with the whole night pressing down on you in your lonely hours. You need to love that racing heart of yours, when you shift the love to someone else.

You don’t need to pick and choose what you love about yourself. You will love those goddamn eyes, that rough angry skin. You will love your unproportional torso-to-leg ratio; that crooked smile, that breathy voice.

You will love what you usually hate. What they say you should hate. Slicing yourself up will just sting you when you end up wading in potently acidic waters of those you want to love. Patch yourself up. You can get help from a fellow seamstress… But keep the needle and keep cross-stitching that corrupted heart.

You need to love yourself
Because when you don’t,
You are only undermining
The very spirit
That keeps you loving
Everything else.

You are not useless. You are not hopeless. And no matter how scared you are, you will never be alone. And deep down, somewhere, in the part of you that decided the good days and your happiness and your health were all worth fighting for, you know that too. Hold onto that knowledge. It will see you through the worst.

— Ella Ceron (via middlenameconfused)

(via anditslove)

So build yourself as beautiful as you want your world to be. Wrap yourself in light, then give yourself away with your heart, your brush, your march, your art, your poetry, your play. And for every day you paint the war, take a week and paint the beauty, the colour, the shape of the landscape you’re marching towards. Everyone knows what you’re against; show them what you’re for.

— Andrea Gibson  (via meetingoneself)

(via anditslove)

Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?

You are iron.

And you are strong.

n.t. (via bvchanant)

(via anditslove)

You are a perfectly acceptable human being right now, this minute. You are just as valid as any other human being, without changing a single thing about yourself. That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to want to grow, evolve or improve yourself, or you can’t do better sometimes, it just means right now this instant, you are worthy of your own self love. Even if it is hard to love yourself sometimes (and boy, is it!), or you’re struggling with some really difficult stuff in your life, you still deserve it.

So dearest you, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and give the best version of you that you can give, but know that even in the tough times, you are still valid, worthy and deserving of your own self love.

— Source: Fat Heffalump  (via riotsnotdiets)

(Source: rosewater-sailor, via anditslove)

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up. That is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe (via conflictingheart)

(via au-j)

You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent. You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough. And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise.

— Daniell Koepke (via psych-facts)

(via cervicks)

You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try accepting yourself and see what happens.

— Louise Hay (via ignitingenergy)

Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still be good enough. You can make mistakes and still be capable and talented. You can let people down and still be worthwhile and deserving of love. Everyone has disappointed someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes. Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human. Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure.

— Daniell Koepke (via psych-facts)

(via thisiswhatimean)

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (via itsmicca)

You will fall,
and things will crumble
when you hold too tightly.
No one is perfect,
and you cannot fix everything.
People will set you ablaze,
and you will drown in the ashes.
This will eat you alive.
But you will rise up
like you were born to do,
and you will survive this.

Michelle K., To the Sixteen Year Old on the Bathroom Floor. (via michellekpoems)

(via anditslove)


Hey, boys and girls! Sorry for the radio silence; my family and I are just bouncing back from several weeks of illness. No fun.

What was even LESS FUN was that after 3 weeks of not doing any personal drawing, I had found myself in the most terrible CREATIVE SLUMP.  It was hard for me to get motivated, and the longer I stayed not drawing the harder it was becoming to sit down and make some pictures.

I’m sure this has never happened to any of you though.

A couple of nights ago, I decided it was time to break the streak, so I sat down to power through my slump. It was really uncomfortable, but I was pretty sure that squaring my shoulders and just making some drawings was the only way I was going to break free of the mire I was in. “MAKE SOME DRAWINGS,” seemed like the sort of advice I would give to someone else in this situation, so I decided to take some of my own medicine.

These 10 or so pages are the drawings that I made in a couple of hours two nights ago. This is a pretty naked look at my sketchbook. Frankly, I’m not in love with most of what came out on the page, but I thought I’d share all of it here with y’all. I hope anyone else who’s stuck will sit down and crank something out. It doesn’t have to be amazing, sometimes you just gotta get your engine running again.

Hope to be back on the road soon. See you dudes and dudettes out there!

The first female African-American to reach outer space, Mae Jemison, would specifically cite Nichols’ influence upon her career choice (Jemison appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993, a year after she became the first African-American woman in space) (x)

The first female African-American to reach outer space, Mae Jemison, would specifically cite Nichols’ influence upon her career choice (Jemison appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993, a year after she became the first African-American woman in space) (x)

(Source: science-officer-spock, via ebtpearce)